It continues: “He’s sitting in the mosque, that’s where I want to be.” The 25-year-old Egyptian has become something of a cult figure on the Kop, although many people will be quick to point that he refused to shake the hand of an Israeli footballer a couple of years ago. So where does that leave me?
My first European away day watching my beloved reds was a journey to behold. Together with my son, and taking advantage of the half-term break, we had an absolute blast in Porto, despite two days of torrential rain.
The take-off from Stansted was something special too, as the pilot played ‘You’ll never walk alone’ over the tannoy and the entire plane sang in unison.
Sitting proudly alongside roughly 3,300 supporters in the away end at the Estadio de Dragao, we stood and chanted for 90 minutes as Liverpool tore the hosts to shreds in a Sadio Mane-inspired display.
There were joyous songs about Salah “the Egyptian king running down the wing”, but I stopped short of the aforementioned one. Sorry for being a killjoy but I won’t be joining in. It just doesn’t sit right with me.
Going back to the handshake business, neither Tomer Hemed or Beram Kayal played in the first meeting between Liverpool and Brighton this season but it will be interesting to see what happens in the final match of the season at Anfield. Let’s just hope football is the winner.
* With Pesach just around the corner, the prospect of venturing to Kosher Kingdom to do our shopping leaves me in a cold sweat. As if all the jostling inside the shop and double-parking outside isn’t bad enough, the thought of kosher-for-Passover jarred water always tickles me. Have you seen what they are charging for it this year?
In such circumstances, I’m tempted to invite Israeli speed skater Vladislav Bykanov, who fell foul of the judges twice for pushing his rivals at the Winter Olympics. He might just come in handy at the checkout!